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West Kelowna police looking for 'armed and dangerous' suspects in robbery, arson

Firefighters attack a truck fire, believed to be deliberately set by thieves.
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March 29, 2017 - 6:50 AM

WEST KELOWNA - Mounties are looking for two armed men who robbed a local sporting goods then torched their getaway vehicle yesterday, March 28.

West Kelowna RCMP say the men robbed the Antlers Creek Outfitters on Ross Road at 3:30 p.m. of several firearms then fled in a full sized red Ford F-350, which police later learned was also stolen.

Shortly before 4 p.m., officers were alerted to reports of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the area of Gellatly Road and Majoros Road.

“RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services were both engaged,” says police Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “The RCMP helicopter and a Police Service Dog responded to the area to assist in the search for suspects and possible evidence.”

“The West Kelowna RCMP General Investigative Section, supported by the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section, has assumed carriage of the investigation into both the alleged robbery and suspected arson,” O’Donaghey says. “The ongoing investigation has revealed that the pickup truck, recovered torched, had been stolen earlier in the day from a parking lot in the 2300 block of Highway 97.”

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian man approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall, wearing grey jeans, a black zippered hoodie, white undershirt, dark gloves, dark shoes and a full face ski mask and carrying a dark coloured duffle bag.

The second suspect is described as a Caucasian male approximately the same height, wearing dark coveralls with reflective stripes on cuffs, ankles and across the back, dark gloves, dark footwear and a pair of sunglasses with reflective lenses.

“Both men are considered to be armed and dangerous,” O’Donaghey says. “If spotted, do not approach either suspect, and call your local police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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